Most of you have been to large events and conferences with a few hundred people. But last week, Peter Corbett went and did the impossible. He actually had a bigger and better event than his first successful Twin Tech event done this past August here in DC.
Peter Corbett recently became one of the primary networking connectors in the MD/DC/VA area with the launch of the Twin Tech event in DC this past summer. Peter is well known in the marketing and social media community as a person who knows how to help companies large and small leverage social media through digital marketing, content creation and what he calls experiential marketing.
On Thursday, September 18th, 2008 iStrategyLabs hosted Twin Tech II with the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Twin Tech was created to bridge the gap between the veteran and emerging technology communities in the capital region.
Peter noted on his site the following facts:
-1200 confirmed attendees (250 in the first 24 hours, 400 in the first week)
-200+ waiting list
-36 amazing and generous sponsors
-2 official product launches. One by BrandClik and one by iStrategyLabs for the Bloom content creation service
Better this time around
Peter did one heck of a job for a first time event. It was a success by all accounts. The only thing people had complained about was because it was packed to capacity and really hot inside and out, made it hard to look professional when you are sweating profusely.
Learning from that experience and wanting to have an even bigger event. Peter selected the club venue called “Avenue” located on New York Ave in DC. It was closer to the metro and with three levels and air conditioning allowed everyone to spread out. There were about 200-300 conversations with an open bar on each level. There were lots of sponsors and companies launching products, tons of networking and what seemed to be lots of space to move around and really meet as many people as you wanted to.
The Twin Tech Communities Really Want to Work Together
For many of you out there who were around for the Web 1.0 era, you might remember the Netpreneur events put on by Mario Marino and his team. This has the same feel to it and I believe the communities are serious about connecting and finally trying to work together. Not only was the first Twin Tech not a flash in the pan, the coverage made this follow up even bigger and better. I believe that one of these a quarter with some related smaller focused events that target specific technical topics that the Twin Tech communities do even more effective networking would be amazing.
I just can’t wait for Twin Tech III. I know Peter and his team will deliver another memorable event.
EPILOGUE: Additional Info
Peter gathered all the coverage of the event, so for additional information, check out these sites:
[The Washington Post]: “Dispatch from the Tech Scene in Washington” (great diversity of perspectives on Twin Tech)
[Washingtonian Magazine]: “Twin Tech II Takes Over DC” (includes lots of great photos)
[Tech Bisnow]: “Twin Tech Towns Part Deux” (includes some great photos and commentary)
[Tech Bisnow]:”…NVTC’s New Reach” (includes some great photos and commentary)
[Shashi Bellamkonda]: “Twin Tech 2 – Peter Corbett organizes a giant cocktail party“
[I am now, have been, and will be wrong - VC Basics]: “Another Twin Tech Event“
[Solutions are Power - Network Solutions]: “It’s back…Twin Tech II…the event that united two DC tech communities“
[Solutions are Power - Network Solutions]: “Uniting communities through social media with Peter Corbett of istrategylabs.com“
[East Coast Blogging]: “Twin Tech II Returns with a Bang“
[Josh Greene]: “Twin Tech II“
[ButtonAll]: “ButtonAll Advances Across the Mason-Dixon Line“
[Diditzism]: “Event wrap-up – Twin Tech II in DC and Tweetup in New Delhi“
[Our Young Children]: “Early Literacy Conversation at Twin Tech II“
[Brick and Click]: “Twin Tech 2 Party a Smashing Success“
[SpeakerBox Plugged-in]: “Event Recap: Twin Tech II“
[Web 2.0h…really?]: “D.C. Social Media: 2.0ut in front?“
[ExecutiveBiz Blog]: “Washington Post’s “The Download” Emerges from “The Down Low”“
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